Tom & Jerry (film)
|Tom & Jerry|
|Production company:||Warner Bros. Animation Group|
|Distributor:||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|Release date:||February 26, 2021|
|Starring:||Chloë Grace Moretz|
|Executive producer(s):||Tim Story|
|Music composed by:||Christopher Lennertz|
|Screenplay by:||Kevin Costello|
Tom & Jerry, also known as Tom & Jerry: The Movie, is an American live-action/2-D animated slapstick comedy film based on the animated Tom and Jerry theatrical shorts. It was distributed to theaters by Warner Bros. Pictures and streamed on HBO Max on February 26, 2021. It is written by Kevin Costello, produced by Chris DeFaria, and directed by Tim Story.
Kayla has to prove herself at the most prominent hotel in New York during the wedding of the century, which is at the mercy of the hijinks of Tom and Jerry.
In the film, all the animals are animated, with the humans acting as if this is perfectly normal.
- United States
- New York
- New York City
- Liberty Island
- South Carolina
- Pennsylvania (mentioned)
- Penn State (mentioned)
- New York
- Pacific Ocean
- England (indirectly mentioned)
- London (mentioned)
- Dorsey Hotel (mentioned)
- London (mentioned)
- France (mentioned)
- United States
- The Moon
- Nothing of importance
A film was first announced in 2015, but didn't get real traction until 2018, when Tim Story was announced as director, using a script by Craig Wright, Katie Silberman, April Posser, and Kevin Costello.
Warner Bros. Pictures originally had it set for December 21, 2020, before pushing it back to March 5, 2021, and then finally a week earlier on February 26. Due to the 2019 COVID pandemic still active, the film was released to both theaters and be streamed for subscribers of HBO Max.
- United States: February 26, 2021
Behind the scenes
- Incidentally, a young(er) blonde female character called Robyn Starling also befriended Tom and Jerry in Tom and Jerry: The Movie, the last feature-length film to be released theatrically.
- The billboard above the 59th Street-Columbus Circle Station advertises Droopy with clown make-up with the caption next to him reading "Put on a happy face," which is a reference to Warner Bros. 2019 film Joker. While in the pound, Droopy is wearing a mask like the one Hannibal Lector wears in the 1991 film The Silence of the Lambs.
- The gag where Jerry punches Tom in the eye after pretending to hide something in his hands is copied from the theatrical short Mouse Trouble.
- When Tom tells Kayla that there's a mouse in the hotel, he makes the same mouse-like face he has when he thinks he's a mouse in the theatrical short Nit-Witty Kitty.
- Tom and Jerry have an Instagram account, and other social media platforms Twitter, Facebook, and TikTok are mentioned. Most of these are used by the series in real-life.
- Jerry watches a scene of the 1974 film Young Frankenstein with Gene Wilder.
- Ben's surname isn't mentioned in the film but is used in the credits for his parents. Thank goodness.
- The match at Yankee Stadium was pulled from a 2018 game between the Yankees and Royals.
- The end credits show a cat called Ash voiced by Spank Horton, even though no such character appears.
- The movie was (kinda) spun off into its own TV series called Tom and Jerry in New York, which premiered on HBO Max on July 1, 2021.
- A poster of the film is on view at Warner Bros.' Burbank studio lot in the film Space Jam: A New Legacy.
- In the Weekend Update section of the Saturday Night Live episode "Owen Wilson/Kacey Musgraves," Pete Davidson joked about Chris Pratt being hated after one movie, referring to his casting as Mario in a Super Mario movie, which he compared to Colin Jost in Tom & Jerry. He went on to say it was the perfect pandemic movie because it made sure there would be no large gathering at movie theaters.
Marketing and promotion
During Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2020, the film was promoted with its own parade float called Tom & Jerry's Tourist Trap.
On February 24, 2021, Colin Yost was interviewed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
On the March 6, 2021 episode of the British variety show Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, Tom and Jerry make special appearances in the End of the End Show segment. Tom Jones sings "Great Balls of Fire" while Jerry dances on the piano. Ant and Dec try to get rid of Jerry, and soon Tom gets in on the act, as well as Tom Jones himself. Ant and Dec thought he didn't want to perform with Tom and Jerry, but he didn't want to perform with Ant and Dec. Tom Jones then goes back to singing while the others dance.
In other languages
- In the United States:
- In the United Kingdom:
- May 24, 2021: Warner Home Video releases Tom and Jerry: The Movie on DVD.
- May 24, 2021: Warner Home Video releases Tom and Jerry: The Movie on Blu-ray.